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History Repeats Itself and the World Remains Silent

Jonathan Biron | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Jonathan Biron

The battle against anti-Semitism is a human and moral one. It should unite all those who seek peace and equality in the world. The battle against anti-Semitism is about human rights and democracy.

The U.S. Jewish Community, Amoral Familism and the Crisis of Palestine

Steve Koppman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Steve Koppman

Confronting today's Israel and demanding it change is not a rejection of Judaism but the most profound manifestation of it.

Imagine a World Without Israel - Part 2

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Given the amount of news print, UN resolutions, radio and television air time spent commenting, discussing, attacking, challenging and reviling Israel...

Nature's Beauty and History's Horrors Intersect on Anniversary of Ukrainian Holocaust Massacre: Mourning on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

As you stroll along the clifftops of this stunningly beautiful town in western Ukraine, gaze at the river in the ravine below languidly looping back o...

Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Like my students, Jews have shunned Jesus and failed to recognize his dedicated commitment to Judaism -- a recognition that does not require accepting him as the Messiah.

End the 'Jew Tax'

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
Michael L. Millenson

My family and many others pay what I've dubbed the "Jew Tax;" that is, the portion of our suburban Chicago synagogue dues that goes for surveillance cameras, alarms and a security guard on duty during services and when kids are in Hebrew school.

Letter From a Nonagenarian

David Harris | Posted 08.20.2014 | Fifty
David Harris

When my mother turned 80, she spoke out for the first time in "Letter from an Octogenarian." At the time, she wrote: "I never thought I would live ...

Imagine a World Without Israel - Part 1

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Whenever I have heard these words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator wi...

My War Score: Israel 0, Hamas -1

Jonathan Russo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

As I write this, the first 72-hour truce has just ended. So for the weary combatants and affected civilians, the death and destruction have resumed. Here is my scorecard to date.

Getting to Higher Moral Ground

Street Sense | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Street Sense

It's sad when you think about it to see people living on the streets and in shelters for long parts of their lives. Yet we live in a world where profit is placed over people. Here in the West we will never see housing as a human right, something that builds family and community.

What Happened to 'Never Again?:' Thoughts From an American Jew

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The current crisis between Israel and Gaza has certainly stirred up a tornado of emotion and strong opinion worldwide, and has become a polarizing force among American Jews.

Armenia and Its Russian-Imperialism Problem

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Christopher Atamian

Earlier this summer, a minor kerfuffle over an exhibition of artworks by famed Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) underscored a more serious problem facing Armenian culture and Armenia in general -- and, by extension, many of the former Soviet republics.

Will Zionism and Hamas Ideology Be Criminalized?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) remains one of few options for the "State of Palestine," but it's one with profound implications for Zionism and Hamas.

The Power of Weakness and the Weakness of Power

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

These are two traumatized people. For the Israelis insecurity has become existential. For the Palestinians humiliation has become the defining quality. Both are victims of nightmares of powerlessness and fantasies of power.

Samantha Lachman

Young Jews Call For End To 'Gratuitous Killing Of Palestinian Civilians'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- As a 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect on Tuesday, a group of young Jewish Americans held a protest against Israel...

Holy War and the Threat of Genocide

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

When ISIS warns Christians "there is nothing to give them but the sword," we need to take their threat seriously. Over 35,000 Christians have fled Mosul to escape their murderous intent.

Three Jews Visit Scandinavia

Seth Menachem | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Seth Menachem

Tensions are understandably high. The loss of lives on both sides is a tragedy. Thanks to Israel's Iron Dome defense, many Israeli lives have been spared. But Hamas keeps trying. And Israel keeps fighting back. And the horrible cycle goes on and on.

The 90 Day Post-Mortem Mourning Report on Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

Portrait of my late mother Alice Barbanel as a 21 year-old. I don't know where to put Mom. Not Mom in actuality, but her portrait. Mom passed away...

Why We Must Never Turn Our Backs on Israel

Robert Lockard | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Robert Lockard

Israel doesn't want to fight Palestinians, much less kill them. Its citizens just want to be left in peace.

The Anti-Semite Inside You

Ariel Chesler | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Ariel Chesler

I suggest that in the same way we talk about internalized sexism and racism and homophobia we must talk about internalized anti-Semitism.

'They Cry When They Shoot Us'

Howard Schweber | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Howard Schweber

A few weeks ago I was watching Israelis reacting with shock and horror to the idea that Israeli Jews could have kidnapped a Palestinian boy and burned him alive. I was shocked by their shock: Have they really not been listening to themselves for the past 20 years?

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

A Simple Guide to the Roots of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Rebecca Tinsley

Many of us mentally turn off when we see reports about Israel/Palestine. If you missed the beginning of the story, you are not inclined to jump into the latest episode.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

Heart-Breaking Truths About Gaza and Israel

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I sit in my comfortable home in Massachusetts, rockets are being fired from Gaza at my nephew in Israel. He is the son of an Israeli, an almost-flu...